“The work Senator Robert Stivers has done here is instrumental.  Without him, none of this would have happened.”

Those were the words of Save the Children Senior Vice President Mark Shriver Friday during a ceremony to honor Senate President Stivers for his contributions to not only Clay County, but the entire state of Kentucky.

“Robert Stivers’ efforts and leadership enables our program to become viable and change lives in Kentucky,” Shriver said.  “His great leadership has helped keep this program working fabulous in Kentucky.”

Save the Children is in 13 Kentucky counties, including Clay, and 67 schools.

Friday, Shriver honored Senator Stivers with a Champion for Children award during a ceremony at Manchester Elementary.

“Stivers has fought tirelessly to keep key state dollars funding this program,” Shriver said. “Save the Children spends $15 for every $1 of state funding.”

Save the Children improves the lives of children through better education, health care and economic opportunities.

School superintendent William Sexton said the program has been a blessing for his district.

“We cannot thank Mark Shriver and Senator Robert Stivers enough for their work with Save the Children in our district,” he said.  “This program has helped our district make great improvement and we look forward to a continued partnership with Save the Children.”

Senator Stivers told those in attendance that “today is a good day.”

“In my position you have bad days and some good days,” Stivers said.  “Today is a good day, one that will make you smile.  When this program started 15 years ago no one could have imagined what a difference it was going to make.  This program has been a difference maker in children’s lives and we really appreciate the good works of Save the Children.”

The senator said he will continue his commitment on funding for the program when the legislature meets.

“It’s a battle, but it’s a battle that’s worth fighting for,” he said in regard to the funding from the state for Save the Children.  “This program is a difference maker and I will continue to do support Mark Shriver and Save the Children for their work in our state.”

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